Directorship of MLW

News article 10 May 2022

Professor Stephen Gordon will be stepping down from Directorship of the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome (MLW)Trust Clinical Research Programme on the 31st of July 2022, when Professor Henry Mwandumba will become Acting Director until a new Director is appointed.

MLW is a partnership between Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), University of Liverpool and Kamuzu University of Health Sciences and has been funded by the Wellcome Trust since its formation in 1995

LSTM’s Director, Professor David Lalloo said: “I would like to thank Professor Gordon for his leadership of MLW over the last seven years during which time it has grown significantly in output and impact, despite the challenges posed by a global pandemic.  Stephen’s contribution to research, training and clinical care at MLW and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital has been significant, and the increased number and diversity of trainees reflects his commitment to capacity strengthening.  His and MLW’s contributions during the pandemic were critical in supporting Malawi in its clinical and public health response to COVID. I wish him continued success in his ongoing research and other activities. I and the rest of the MLW Executive Committee would also like to express our support for Professor Mwandumba as he steps up as Director. MLW remains a key partnership for us all which has produced demonstratable health benefits across Malawi and beyond.”

Stephen Gordon, who has been Director for seven years, said: “Reflecting on MLW's current position, following the challenges of the last two years, and in discussion with the MLW Executive Committee, I have decided to stand down as Director of MLW. I believe that this may be an optimal time for transition.  MLW has grown, has a clear direction, and is thriving. We are currently in a period of core financial stability. We have many reasons to give thanks and celebrate the last seven years.  I thank everyone for the support that they have given me, and I congratulate staff on the success that they have made MLW. I will be staying in Malawi to continue my research and to support the implementation of the CREATOR project at Professor Mwandumba’s request.”

Professor Henry Mwandumba said: “I would like to add my thanks to Stephen for his hard work and dedication as Director at MLW. We are in a strong position to look to the future, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead an excellent team as we continue to make a positive impact on health and research here in Malawi as well as further afield.”